The English Premier League (EPL) Chelsea beat their own negative evaluation earlier this year.
“Football London” said on the 31st (Korean time) that “in January this year, Chelsea coach Frank Lampard said he did not believe that Chelsea were ready to fight to win the championship.” I did.”
Lampard’s pessimistic remarks came out on January 19th. At the time, Chelsea lost 0-2 to Leicester City in the EPL Round 18 in the 2020-21 season at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England. After the game, Lampard criticized the team’s strength, saying that Chelsea were not ready to compete for the biggest title. “The club wasn’t ready to compete, so I knew there was going to be a difficult time, but I took on this team,” he said, evaluating Chelsea’s abilities.
At the time, Lampard also underestimated the odds of winning. At the time, he said, “The winner is the sea that this team expects. Right or wrong, yes,” he said. “But we are not in a position to win.” At that time, it was a statement that was different from the reality of Chelsea. With the transfer fee paid by Chelsea before the season alone, reaching £220 million, the team has invested heavily in the Lampard system. Eventually, on January 26, five days after Lampard’s remarks came out, Chelsea dismissed Lampard and appointed Thomas Tuchel as the new manager to reverse the mood.
Contrary to Lampard’s assessment, Chelsea have changed dramatically since then. Under the new supervisory system, the rankings have changed rapidly. The league ranking, which fell to 10th place, has been raised to the final 4th place. He succeeded in reversing by obtaining the right to advance to the Champions League next season, which was considered impossible.
Above all, Tuhel and Chelsea won the European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League (UCL), which Lampard considered impossible. Football London said, “Saturday’s amazing victory over Manchester City proved Lampard’s words wrong. Under Tuchel’s guidance, Chelsea placed in fourth place in the league, which seemed impossible during Lampard’s days, and achieved an amazing victory at UCL.”
Intern reporter Cha Seung-yoon